Swiss celibacy mandate is no kick for U.S. team

March 23, 1994|By Knight-Ridder News Service

LOS ANGELES -- The Swiss may be sold on celibacy, but Bora's Boys, it appears, will be allowed to be boys when the World Cup comes to America this summer.

U.S. national team coach Bora Milutinovic says he has no plans to follow Switzerland coach Roy Hodgson's lead and forbid his players to have sex during the month-long soccer championships.

That was welcome news for the American players.

"Perfect," says midfielder Brian Quinn, a 33-year-old father of six.

"Sex is a big part of everybody's life, including the U.S. national team's," defender Alexi Lalas said. "Well, at least mine. I can't speak for the rest of the guys."

Hodgson has drawn flak since issuing his edict, outlawing wives and girlfriends from his players' bedrooms, earlier this month.

"It's a joke, a kindergarten game," the girlfriend of Swiss player Ciriaco Sforza said.

The Americans tend to agree.

"What, are they going to send a coach to every player's room?" forward Frank Klopas asked. "Everybody's a professional and knows how to get ready."

"There's certain things that you do off the field that enable you to perform on the field," Lalas observed.

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